Jayson Tatum on facing LeBron James again; 'It's like night and day'

Jayson Tatum on facing LeBron James again; 'It's like night and day'

"It's insane to think that any National Basketball Association team he is on is (automatically) one of the best teams in the league".

"Give it to LeBron and get out of the way", one Cleveland assistant coach told the Athletic.

They let James and the Cavs shoot a franchise playoff-best from the field in the closeout game and surrendered two of the highest-scoring performances by the Cavs in their post-season history. In fairness, LeBron's been a little busy the past six years, what with all the NBA Finals runs, becoming a titan of global industry, and delivering the first championship in Cleveland Cavaliers history. That moment came in 2007 during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. This is the way things have been for him these last magical weeks. But just because he's the best player in the league doesn't mean his road to the NBA Finals is smooth sailing.

Right now, these are LeBron's playoffs, and we are lucky to be witnesses. The Cavs are not almost as intimidating this year as they were last as Kyrie Irving was a ideal 1A to LeBron 12 months ago.

James has only led the National Basketball Association in scoring once in his career, averaging 31.4 points per game in the 2007-2008 season. Before getting swarmed by teammates, LeBron appeared to be the most surprised person in the building to see the shot go down, immediately throwing his arm up and sprinting back down the court.

LeBron might be carrying the Cavs, but he can't tote them to another championship. For everyone outside Cleveland, Boston, Houston, and Golden State, the focus is now firmly on the NBA Draft and free agency.

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Some people can argue over stats, championships and clutch time, but Jordan might be the better player.

Maybe he understands this as time ticks down on what is expected to be the end of his second run with the Cavaliers.

However, the current Lakers team would still need some tweaking. I really think they forgot the Mamba, man - the certified serial killer, man. In 20 years, future generations will make claims about the greatness of this unknown future superstar with all of the certainty of a Jordan, Kobe, or LeBron fan.

But what made it more painful was the fact that in suffering its third straight elimination in the playoffs, it happened when Toronto emerged No. 1 in the regular season with the best record of 59-23. "I am going to enjoy this tonight and then go to practice tomorrow and figure it out". "All the load wasn't on me, it was spread out". He just bullies you. He already has three titles.

According to former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, the reason why Irving left the Cavaliers last summer was because he was not allowed to be the Scottie Pippen to LeBron James' Michael Jordan. Well, it'll probably look similar, considering the type of dominance that LeBron (and the Cavs) just put forth in the conference semifinals.

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